ncyankee (22) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy and thats pretty much it. I am giving it a decent rating because it does exactly what you would expect from its name - takes hoppiness to an extreme - though I am in agreement with the previous reviewer in that I prefer something more mellow and complex, such as DFH 90 minute. But hardcore hopheads will love this one.
JasonBMoore (22) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First off, I love the label graphics. Pours sparkling amber with a large creamy head, heavy uniform lacing. The aroma screams northwest hops- I love it! Fresh squeezed grapefruit, spruce, and perfume combine into a true force to be reckoned with. Intense hop flavor dominates, zesty spruce and grapefruit wrapped in a bold bitterness. Finish is quite bitter, sprucey, and cleansing. This beer is not for the timid, serious hopheads only need apply.
onecrazybreeze (21) - , Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours orangish with nice head. Smells of hops and floral, a nice crispness to it. Was hoping since it is described on here as the Liberally Hopped made for the DNC it would taste more like it. Tasted citrusy, hoppy and clean but not like the Liberally Hopped at all. Overall a good beer though.
minorthreat (21) - Parker, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at Slatteryís Irish Pub in the DTC
Poured into 12oz Great Divide Snifter. Golden straw color with high clarity and nice pillowy head. Super floral scent with waves of pine, mint and herbs. Taste is much lighter than the nose would lead on. Light cereal grain and subtle citrus bittering. Mouthfeel is slightly prickely from the CO2. Really good lawnmower type beer.
drinkdallas (21) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
medium body, copper-ish in color and slightly hazy; definitely taste the citrus, not as "grassy" as expected/advertised; this is a great beer when you want something in between a pale ale and an IPA in normal bitterness
Salsgebom (20) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Its awesome. Somewhere between gold and amber with a white lacey head. I have a hard time calling this one a regular PA as its way hoppier than most IPAís Iíve had. Flavor is very similar to their Hercules double IPA but lighter. To be honest though, at $6.99 a 22oz Iíd buy the Hercules or Old Ruffian first. If it were cheaper in a 6-pack it would be a regular buy.
RickKempen (19) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beer I heard about a lot, and it managed to live up to the expectations.
Worried it might loose much of its character while travelling all the way to Europe, I carfeully opened a cooled (not chilled) bottle. Immediately the smell of freshly cut grass and hops íhitsí you.
It poured deliciously and the head was as firm as whipped egg white. The aroma is overwhelming and lasts surprisingly long - the tickle in the nose doesnít subside easily.
Copper blond, golden, and an extremely white head it looks like a sculpture.
The foam nicely laces the glass and biting it is a treat in itself.
The palate is not as overwhelming as I anticipated and actually thatís good. It drinks as easily as water (sorry) but reached parts of the sensory organs I previously never noticed. The aftertaste is incredibly smooth and fresh and lasts the perfect length.
All in all the kind of beer that, given its reputation, may easily disappoint but it didnít do that at all. It was a beer to open up new views on how beer can taste and I now fully understand the concept of brewing with wet (freshly harvested) hops.
It made me buy a carton of 12 bombers - one of only 60 (!) available in Europe in 2009, as far as I know!
phillybeer28 (19) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask. Very hoppy with a smooth finish. Fruity aroma and a very pleasant beer to enjoy. Experienced at the Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia.
amneziak (18) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: The FHA pours a warm coppery orange color with a nice subtle (yet rocky) tan colored head. The presence of carbonation is visible as you hold the glass up to a light. There is a very nice foamy three finger head, which on the top, almost looks like frothed milk. As the head settles, it hangs on to the side of the glass leaving its fair share of lacing.
Smell: As one would expect from a beer called Fresh Hop Ale, there is a ton of hop aromas on the nose right out of the glass. Itís very citrusy and clean smelling with a bit of pungency from this abundance of hops. Finally, there are lots of grassy and bitter grapefruit components present in the end that almost confuse you into thinking itís a double.
Taste: Thereís not as much carbonation on the tongue as you would expect from a beer with this much head. Unlike a lot of other hoppy beers along these lines, though, there is a good amount of flavor coming through. The citrus components that I got on the nose donít fully translate to the palate. These hops have a much grassier or pine needle quality than those others.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel on this one ranges between light and medium bodied in that your mouth wants it to be a potent Imperial IPA, but that fact is that itís just a Pale Ale with lots of hops. It coats the tongue nicely, though, and never leaves you needing more bitterness.
Overall: The beauty of this beer is that itís not considered an Imperial IPA Ė itís a Pale Ale. This difference alone brings the alcohol content down 3% from its older brother, the Hercules Double IPA, which I prefer greatly over this. The problem with the FHA being a Pale Ale, however, is that hop heads will really wish there was more going on in this glass if itís going to include lots of fresh hops. You are basically getting 75% of the experience of a double IPA.
Ultimately, this is a really nice beer because it can be a lower alcohol percentage beer while still hanging on to a lot of the same hoppy characteristics of a double. And to be perfectly honest, it truly is better than a lot of the ďImperialĒ IPAs Iíve had from other breweries around the world.
ericyyz (18) - three bridges, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Incredibly crisp. The use of whole leaf hops is very evident given the grassy aroma and flavor.